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Italian firm named for cashmere project

Wool manufacturer Botto Giuseppe from Italy has become the prime reference for the Fair Cashmere project set up by US fashion label Maiyet. The raw materials comes from Mongolia, the world's second largest producer of this fiber, and it is environmentally and ethically sustainable.

Maiyet is a US luxury fashion label specialising in rare artisanal products from all over the world. Based in New York, Maiyet buys cashmere directly at source, with no intermediaries. Supporting local goat farmers from the Gobi desert in Mongolia, and improving their quality of life through tangible contributions, are among Maiyet’s objectives. The company also looks after goat vaccination and disinfection.

Fair Cashmere is cradle to cradle certified at the bronze level and is awaiting its gold certification. Cradle to cradle is a rigorous certification system for products that are innovative across their entire supply chain. It tests the process through five criteria to evaluate a product's sustainable development level: waste, health, energy consumption, water resources (in terms of use and pollution) and human resources use.

Since 1876 Botto Giuseppe has been a manufacturer of fine fabrics and yarns. Over the years, it has added jersey and knitwear yarns to its range, and is now a vertically integrated producer from yarns to finished products.